David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85 (1):139-160 (2012)
Spinoza claims we can control any passion by forming a more clear and distinct idea of it. The interpretive consensus is that Spinoza is either wrong or over-stating his view. I argue that Spinoza’s view is plausible and insightful. After breaking down Spinoza’s characterization of the relevant act, I consider four existing interpretations and conclude that each is unsatisfactory. I then consider a further problem for Spinoza: how his definitions of ‘action’ and ‘passion’ make room for passions becoming action. I propose two solutions to this problem, both of which yield a hint regarding what act Spinoza has in mind. Using that hint, I propose that we can appreciate Spinoza’s insight by considering how philosophizing about a feeling can 'kill the mood.' The act of grasping how a passion exemplifies certain general truths, I hold, is a distinctly rational activity that has all the features Spinoza describes. I conclude by showing how this interpretation fits with Spinoza’s larger views on rational knowledge, rational joy, the comprehensibility of passions, and the relation between second- and first-order ideas.
|Keywords||Spinoza psychotherapy passion control reason 5p4|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Martin Lin (2006). Spinoza's Account of Akrasia. Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (3):395-414.
Alexander Douglas (2012). Collingwoods Reading of Spinozas Psychology. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 18 (1):65-80.
Brandon C. Look (2007). Perfection, Power and the Passions in Spinoza and Leibniz. Revue Roumaine de la Philosophie 51 (1-2):21-38.
Thomas Cook, Adequate Understanding of Inadequate Ideas: Power and Paradox in Spinoza's Cognitive Therapy.
Simon B. Duffy (2011). The Role of Joyful Passions in Spinoza’s Theory of Relations. In Dimitris Vardoulakis (ed.), Spinoza Now. Minnesota University Press.
George Louis Kline (1952/1981). Spinoza in Soviet Philosophy: A Series of Essays, Selected and Translated, and with an Introduction. Hyperion Press.
Espen Gamlund (2011). Living Under the Guidance of Reason: Arne Naess's Interpretation of Spinoza. Inquiry 54 (1):2-17.
Donald Rutherford (2008). Spinoza and the Dictates of Reason. Inquiry 51 (5):485 – 511.
Walter Wright (2003). The Shadow of Spinoza In Fichte's WL 1804. Idealistic Studies 33 (2/3):161-174.
Steven Nadler (2008). Spinoza and Consciousness. Mind 117 (467):575-601.
Seymour Feldman (1992). Spinoza: A Marrano of Reason? Inquiry 35 (1):37 – 53.
Willi Goetschel (2003). Heine's Spinoza. Idealistic Studies 33 (2/3):203-217.
Kristina Meshelski (2011). Two Kinds of Definition in Spinoza's Ethics. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (2):201-218.
Wiep van Bunge (2012). Spinoza Past and Present: Essays on Spinoza, Spinozism, and Spinoza Scholarship. Brill.
Nancy Levene (2004). Spinoza's Revelation: Religion, Democracy, and Reason. Cambridge University Press.
Added to index2011-10-25
Total downloads71 ( #23,799 of 1,413,360 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #26,440 of 1,413,360 )
How can I increase my downloads?